Each community has a local prefix called “Vorwahl” that starts with a “0”. People may assume you know the prefix and give you only their regular phone number. If you are unsure ask for their prefix – area code. Phone numbers in Germany can be different lengths.
Pay phones may be coin or card operated. The coin phones, although harder to find these days, will work with 10 cents or 1 and 2 euro coins.
Minimum cosst for a local call will run you about 20 cents and you wont get change back when using a 1 or 2 euro coin. Once you money gets ready to run out, the phone will start beeping.
Phone cards are available for sale at most gas stations, train stations or the German post office. When you slide your card into the slot it will tell you how much money you have left on the display. There are credit card phones available at some places. If you need instructions in English on the payphone , be sure to press the English flag on the display screen.
Calling other Countries:
To call outside Germany, you have to dial an access and the country code before the area code and telephone number.
- Dial 00 (the international access code from Germany)
- Dial the country code (see country code chart here)
- Dial area or city code (for most numbers you will have to drop the first 0 of the number)
- dial the local number